Consumer Alerts & Advisories

The Following OU Kosher Advisories and Alerts were released by the Orthodox Union's Kosher Division on the date indicated.

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Consumer Alerts

July 13, 2017

OU Kosher Advisory – Beth Israel Hospital

Brands:
Products:
Company: Beth Israel Hospital, 1st Ave & 16th St.
Issue:

Effective July 31, 2017, Beth Israel Hospital will discontinue kosher certification of its kosher kitchen and meals. The cafeteria will also no longer have OU kosher prepared meals. Patients may request, through the hospital, kosher double wrapped meals.

July 13, 2017

OU Kosher Advisory – Entenmann’s

Brands: Entenmann's
Products: Pastries
Company: Bimbo's Bakeries, USA
Issue:

Most of the product line is certified as OU-D Dairy. A few items are not certified and do not bear the OU-D symbol. Consumers should always check each item when purchasing to verify that there is a kosher symbol on the product. Never assume because one product of a brand name is certified, that the rest of the brand is also certified.

July 6, 2017

Kosher Alert (Correction) Marina Blue Cheese Dressing

Brands: Marina
Products: Blue Cheese Dressing
Company: Marina Foods Inc., Medley FL
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The Orthodox Union does not certify Marina Blue Cheese Dressing.  Some labels bear an unauthorized OU symbol.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

July 5, 2017

Kosher Alert Blissfully Better Thins

Brands: Blissfully Better
Products: Toffee Thins; Organic Caramel Thins & Sea Salt; Organic Toffee Thins Crunchy Quinoa; Organic Toffee Thins Almond
Company: Blissfully Better, Boca Raton FL
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Blissfully Yours Thins in the following varieties:  Toffee Thins;  Organic Caramel Thins & Sea Salt;  Organic Toffee Thins Crunchy Quinoa;  Organic Toffee Thins Almond, as OU D – Dairy products.  These products contain dairy as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements.  Some labels bear a plain OU symbol without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

July 3, 2017

Kosher Alert Vitner Salt & Sour Chips

Brands: Vitner
Products: Salt & Sour Potato Chips Sizzling Hot Salt & Sour Potato Chips
Company: Snak-King, City of Industry CA
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies Vitner Salt & Sour Potato Chips and Sizzling Hot Salt & Sour Potato Chips as OU D – Dairy products.  Some packaging was printed with a plain OU without the D – Dairy designation.  This product contains dairy as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

June 29, 2017

Kosher Alert Jus By Julie Probiotic Shots

Brands: Jus By Julie
Products: Probiotic Shots (Berry, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine)
Company: Jus By Julie, Brooklyn, NY
Issue:

Unauthorized OU

The OU does not certify Jus By Julie Probiotic Shots (any flavor).  This product bears an unauthorized OU.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

June 26, 2017

Kosher Alert Wild Friends Vanilla Protein + Peanut Butter; Chocolate Protein + Peanut Butter; Vanilla Protein + Almond Butter

Brands: Wild Friends
Products: Vanilla Protein + Peanut Butter; Chocolate Protein + Peanut Butter; Vanilla Protein + Almond Butter
Company: Wild Friends Foods, Portland OR
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation.

The Orthodox Union certifies Wild Friends Vanilla Protein + Peanut Butter; Chocolate Protein + Peanut Butter; Vanilla Protein + Almond Butter as OU – D Dairy products.  These products contain dairy as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements.  Some labels bear a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

June 20, 2017

Kosher Alert GoBitos Roasted Chickpeas

Brands: GoBitos
Products: Roasted Chickpeas (5 flavors) Tangy Ranch; Sweet & Hot Thai Chili; Garlic Parm; Aged White Cheddar; Hot Hot Ghost Pepper
Company: GLK Foods, Appleton WI
Issue:

Missing D – Dairy Designation

The Orthodox Union certifies GoBitos Roasted Chickpeas as OU D – Dairy products.  There are five varieties – Tangy Ranch; Sweet & Hot Thai Chili; Garlic Parm; Aged White Cheddar; Hot Hot Ghost Pepper.  These products contain dairy ingredients as indicated in the ingredient and allergen statements.  The products are labeled with a plain OU symbol, without the D – Dairy designation.  Corrective actions are being implemented.

June 13, 2017

Update: Berkley & Jensen and Wellsley Farms – Cocktail Beef Franks in Pastry

Brands: Berkley & Jensen and Wellsley Farms
Products: Cocktail Beef Franks in Pastry
Company: BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Issue:

A previous OU Advisory on this product stated it would no longer be kosher. BJ’s has decided to keep this product OU Certified.

June 12, 2017

Baker’s Corner Varieties of Frostings

Brands: Baker's Corner
Products: Varieties of frosting
Company: Aldi Inc.
Issue:

The OU currently certifies a variety of Aldi frostings as OU Pareve, including the Milk Chocolate and the Cream Cheese frosting. These products correctly bear an OU symbol. However, the same products, (from a previous supplier) are available without the OU and are non-kosher.  As the older supply is depleted, this problem will be self-corrected.

As always, consumers should check that each and every product has the OU symbol, and not assume that since one product has the OU , all of the same variety will have the OU

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